Resistance in Red Lipstick.

Book Review for “Code Name Hélène” by Ariel Lawhon Nancy Wake was an ex-pat Australian, working as a freelance journalist in France sending stories to the Hearst papers in the US, when she fell in love with the wealthy businessman, Henri Fiocca. That was in 1936, and Nancy had already witnessed the beginnings of the … Continue reading Resistance in Red Lipstick.

A 20th Century “Jane Austen” Novel?

Book Review for “Begin Again” by Ursula Orange. Jane, Florence, Leslie, and Sylvia are four friends from their days at Oxford. Since going down, their lives have taken different paths. Jane and Florence live together in a tiny flat in London; Sylvia and Leslie are back at their family homes. None of them are poor, … Continue reading A 20th Century “Jane Austen” Novel?

#LetsDiscuss2020 – How Do You Read? – TCL’s #DiscussionSunday #3.

While wandering around Facebook a while back, author Jane Davis put up a very interesting post, asking the question: How Do You Read? By this, she didn't mean print, or audio, or eBooks. No, this is exactly what she posted: “After last week's Twitter debate about whether people constantly hear thoughts or whether their thoughts … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2020 – How Do You Read? – TCL’s #DiscussionSunday #3.

Dialing into Trouble.

Book Review for “The Operator” by Gretchen Berg. Vivian Dalton was born and raised in Wooster (Ohio), and she knows what living in a small town is like – everyone knows everyone else’s business. But as Vivian says, she gets feelings about people, its her intuition. Her daughter Charlotte would say, that it’s more her … Continue reading Dialing into Trouble.

The Highest of Serene Societies.

Book Review for “The Girl in White Gloves” by Kerri Maher. Grace Kelly was a young woman on the rise in Hollywood, already with an Oscar award, when she met Rainier, the Prince of Monaco, which led her on a path she never would have scripted for herself. It is a Cinderella, fairy-tale story with … Continue reading The Highest of Serene Societies.

A Sheepishly Pseudo Autobiography.

Book Review for “The Lost Diary of M” by Paul Wolfe. This book is written as if it is the diary of Mary Pinchot, an American painter who was murdered October 12, 1964, shot twice at close range, and whose death remains an unsolved mystery to this day. What makes her murder so significant is … Continue reading A Sheepishly Pseudo Autobiography.

#LetsDiscuss2020 – Why Won’t You Let Me Like You? – TCL’s #DiscussionSunday #2.

So, I’ve been blogging for quite some time now, and I follow hundreds of book blogs – literally, hundreds. But there’s something I’ve always wanted to know. Why do some blogs not have “like” buttons for their posts? I mean, having a “like” button is very convenient for me. It means I can visit someone’s … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2020 – Why Won’t You Let Me Like You? – TCL’s #DiscussionSunday #2.

The Ironic Wit of William.

Book Review for “The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth” by William Boyd. This is actually a collection of seven short stories plus two that are novella length – the first of those is the titular story, and the other one is “The Vanishing Game: An Adventure…” The short stories included here are: The Man Who Liked … Continue reading The Ironic Wit of William.